This is a quite an interesting report. For one, it provides hard and detailed data on the experiences of one of the early MOOC adopters, garnered in four courses. To summarise the most striking of them
- MOOC participants spill over into degree programmes
- creating a MOOC costs huge amount of resources and time, but subsequent runs are expected to be relatively cheap
- about 50% of the registered user actually participate (according to their definition of active which differs from Coursera's)
- 6 weeks, 5-10 hours per week is an appropriate study load, even though people still complain about lack of time
- demographic: most participants are males between 20 and 30, have a university education, and are not necessiraly interested in certificate
- MOOC usage is primarily videos, forum usage is limited, but despite this forums are still crucial, they explain.
These are just the highlights, read the report for there are many detailed tables and graphs, which should interest anyone considering to get involved in creating a MOOC. Indeed, their findings are interesting and relevant to anyone interested in distance education (such as the traditional open universities), if only because of the size of their sample: over 90k students. Three things I find striking. 1) MOOCs are a good way to lure participants to become students, 2) don't expect MOOOC participants to study more than 5 hours a week, stick to a flexible format, so for example limit course duration, don't push participants into forum usage, let them watch videos at their own leisure (but perhaps I am reading too much into the data here). @pbsloep